Vaughn College honored Nicholas E. Calio, president and chief executive officer of Airlines for America (A4A), for his role as a leader and advocate for America’s airlines and for his dedication in creating opportunities for the next generation of aviation and aerospace leaders. The eighth annual event was held on Thursday, April 13.
Anne Thompson, national chief environmental affairs correspondent for NBC News, was the emcee for the evening that also highlighted outstanding academic and professional achievements of Vaughn students. A record number of sponsors supported the Gala and more than $475,000 was raised.
“Vaughn is building the workforce of tomorrow and graduating a highly diverse group of talented students with the knowledge, practical skills and leadership qualities to have an impact today and in the future,” said Vaughn College President Dr. Sharon B. DeVivo. “That constant focus on innovation and curriculum development, coupled with our dedication to the lifelong learning of our students, ensures our students are there to meet the incredible industry demand. We are deeply appreciative of A4A’s generous sponsorship of Vaughn College and our graduates who aspire to be future industry leaders.”
Vaughn College serves many first-generation Americans and first-generation college students and seeks to provide an engaging educational experience for every student as well as creating a lifetime of opportunity for all.
Calio expressed his gratitude at being honored noting. “Vaughn College does an exceptional job of instilling the same message my parents instilled on me,” said Calio. “The value of working hard to turn opportunity and dreams into reality.”